(Feb. 9, 2010)--UTSA will celebrate the grand opening of the Confucius Institute on Feb. 10, beginning with a private ceremony in the morning and continuing with a performance by the University of International Business and Economics' student artist troupe at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Building Recital Hall (2.03.02) on the Main Campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
One of more than 300 such institutes worldwide, the UTSA Confucius Institute will promote awareness of Chinese culture, history and society in South Texas through Chinese language instruction and educational exchanges in partnership with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China.
"China is a global economic and political power," said Don Lien, director of the UTSA East Asia Institute and Confucius Institute. "By adopting an awareness of China's culture, history, society and economy, we are equipping our students with the tools they need to establish strong and successful business partnerships once they graduate."
The private ceremony will include a delegation from the UIBE led by Wang Ling, university council chair, who will meet UTSA officials including President Ricardo Romo. Consul General Gao Yanping from the Chinese consulate in Houston and state Rep. James Chen also will attend.
The Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing will provide most of the funding for the UTSA Confucius Institute. To date, the headquarters has given UTSA $150,000 for start-up costs and pledged 3,000 Chinese books and videos. Additionally, it will fund UIBE to send an associate director and two professors to UTSA to teach courses and help organize and direct programs and activities. UTSA now offers beginning and intermediate Chinese language courses.
The UTSA Confucius Institute is a component of the UTSA East Asia Institute, which promotes awareness of East Asian cultures and societies through education and enrichment opportunities.
To learn more about the UTSA Confucius Institute, contact Professor Donald Lien at 210-458-7312.
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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